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JOHNA.SEAVERNS 




l-LB i 1902 



A Horse Book 



BY 

MARY TOURTEL 



NEW YORK 

FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY 

PUBLISHERS 



Copyright, 1901, 
BY Frederick A. Stokes Company. 

Published October^ igoj. 





CONTENTS. 


I. 


Ai Play . 


2. 


Schooling 






3 


Cleverness 






4. 


Willingness 






5- 


Wilfulness 






6. 


Intelligence 






7- 


Kicking 






8. 


Gentleness 






9- 


Biting 






10. 


Toiling . 






II. 


Hunting 






12 


Duty 






13- 


Rearing 






14. 


Sagacity 






15 


Bolting . 






16 


Patience 






17- 


Bucking 






18. 


Perseverance . 






19 


Jibbing . 






20 


Service . 






21. 


Shying . 






22. 


Curiosity 






23- 


Friendship 




24 


Old Age 


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AT PLAY. 

Three little foals you see at play. 
They romp and sport all through 

the day, 
But sometimes they are most 

sedate 
And try to ape their mothers' 

gait. 

They wheel and race and leap 

and prance, 
And sometimes they are said to 

dance : 
But always they will stand and 

stare 
At anyone who passes there. 



SCHOOLING. 

The horse, like us, must go to 

school 
To learn by precept and by rule. 
Like us, he does not love the 

work, 
Like us, he's not allowed to shirk. 

This little Instrument you see 
Strapped on his back, shaped 

like a V, 
Is a '' Dumb Jockey" meant to 

train 
The horse to bear the bit and 

rein. 



CLEVERNESS. 

Billy, the circus pony, can 
DistlncTuish letters like a man : 
He'll hold up for you in the ring 
His D for Dunce and K for 
Kino^. 

o 

With P for Pony he will show 
That he his family name doth 

know ; 
And he will find the C for clown 
And at his feet will put it down. 



II 



WILLINGNESS. 

Althoiiorh this horse Is clolnor all 
he can to drag his heavy load up 
the hill, the lazy boy who is wal- 
king beside him, with one hand 
in his pocket, beats him cruelly 
with the stick which he carries. 
The boy is too silly or to care- 
less to see how willingly the 
the horse is workinof. 



lA 



WILFULNESS. 

A Horse's great red-letter days 
Are days of hunting, when his 

ways 
Are often very wilful. Here 
See this John Gilpin in great 

fear. 

He came out just to see the 

Meet, 
But the horse tlioucrht he would 

compete 
With horses, hounds and fox for 

place, 
And led the man this madcap 

race. 



19 



INTELLIGENCE. 

On the prairies in the Far 
West of America a man lost his 
way. He had no water to drink, 
although both he and his horse 
were parched with thirst. Not 
knowing where to find water, he 
cast the reins on the neck of his 
horse. By means of that won- 
derful intellio^ence which some 
people wrongly call instinct, the 
horse found his way to a spring, 
although it was many miles dis- 
tant. Thus both man and horse 
were able to quench their thirst, 
and in this way their lives were 
saved. 



22 



KICKING. 

These two are very much dis- 
mayed 

To see the fuss their horse has 
made 

Because this dog in playful mood 

Barked in a manner rather rude. 

It is a thinof some horses do 
Until the driver makes them rue 
Their fits of temper. Then they 

say 
That kickinof doesn't seem to 

pay. 



27 



GENTLENESS. 

These bio- cart horses and these 
little children are great friends. 
Although the horses are so bier, 
they are very gentle, and allow 
the carter's children to lead them 
home in the evening, or to ride 
on their backs. 



30 



BITING. 

Peggy Is the children's pride, 
And she allows them all to ride. 

She comes to them whene'er 

they call, 
And loves to have them In her 

stall. 

With others she has wilful ways. 
She will be cross with John for 

clays, 
Will kick and squeal, will show 

much spite, 
And very often try to bite. 



35 



TOILING. 

These three horses are 
ploughing an upland field. They 
are thoroughly enjoying them- 
selves, for they are so strong that 
their work is a pleasure to them. 
The ploughman is guiding the 
plough, so as to keep the furrows 
straio^ht. The rooks are soarinor 
round in search of grubs found 
in the earth which is turned up 
by the plough. 



3^ 



HUNTING. 

What sweeter sound on winter 

morn 
Than music of the hounds and 

horn ? 
What prettier sight could e're 

be seen 
Than hounds and horses on the 

crreen ? 

See winding down this country 

way 
An eager throng one winter day. 
Keen are the men for sport of 

course, 
But just as keen each hound 

and horse. 



43 



DUTY. 

The troop-horse, like all sol- 
diers, has to learn his drill till he 
becomes as efficient as his rider. 
In war he will take his place in 
his squadron should his rider 
have been killed or wounded 
In one instance, several guns of 
the Royal Horse Artillery were 
saved by the teams galloping- 
back to their lines after all the 
eunners and drivers had been 
shot down. 



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REARING. 

Rearln<:>- is an awkard vice, 
No rider ever thinks it nice. 
When the horse prances on two 

feet 
It's difficult to keep one's seat. 

This lady riding- In the Row 

Is a good rider, you must know. 

When on two lecfs her horse 

would soar 
She quickly brings him down to 

four. 



51 



SAGACITY. 

There is danger at this place 
which the horse can see, but 
which the rider fails to detect. 
They are in the midst of a swamp 
where one false step would mean 
a horrible death in the quagmire 
on the verge of which the horse 
has pulled up. The man uses 
whip and spur, but the horse 
refuses to move. Finally the 
rider leaves the horse to himself 
to find a way round which brings 
them both to safety. 



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BOLTING. 

See this runaway flecked with 

foam 
Galloping fast as he can for 

home, 
Carinof nouoht for the shoutlnor 

man 
Running also as fast as he can. 

Flung by the bolter on the road- 
side 

Small is his chance of a pleasant 
ride. 

Two legs matched in a race 
with four — 

Perhaps they'll meet at the 
stable door. 



59 



PATIENCE. 

The cab horse is a useful steed, 
Ever handy, good at need — 
A patient uncomplaining jade, 
What should we do without his 
aid ? 

By day, by night he may be had. 
Be the weather oood or be it 

bad. 
Many a knock and many a fall 
He gets, and yet survives them 

all. 



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BUCKING. 

When horses buck they take a 

bound 
With all their four feet off the 

ground. 
Unless they know just what to 

do 
And how to keep their seats all 

throutrh 

The riders come off fast and 

thick 
When horses start this Yankee 

trick. 
But with the cowboys of the 

West 
The horses come off second best. 



67 



PERSEVERANCE. 

The horse affords the best 
example amongst animals of 
perseverance ; he will go on un- 
til he falls exhausted or dead. 
On the Yorkshire moors, after 
a heavy fall of snow, the roads 
are quite lost, and it often hap- 
pens that the mailman has to 
unharness his horse (the cart 
being blocked by the snow,) and 
trust to the horse's courage and 
endurance to carry the mails from 
village to village. It has been 
known that the driver has been 
overcome by the intense cold, 
when the horse has found his 
way unaided to the nearest ac- 
customed stopping place. 

70 



JIBBING. 

Of all the tiresome steeds that 

are 
The jibber is the worst by far. 
He stands and contemplates the 

scene — 
An act embarrassing and mean. 

And nine times out of ten he 
chooses 

An awkward spot when he re- 
fuses 

To move. To cure him, take 
him out 

And turn the jibber round about. 



75 



SERVICE. 

The Bus horse does not work 

all day, 
For if he did he'd waste away. 
He does his work and then is 

able 
To take a long rest in the stable. 

When summer suns beat down 
upon it 

His head is sheltered by a bon- 
net ; 

And thouixh it makes him look 
a duffer, 

He hasn't half the heat to suffer. 



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SHYING. 



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A wicked horse," perhaps you 
say, 
" To shy In such a sudden way. 
And ahnost make his rider fall. 
It Is not nice of him at all." 

It was not wickedness but fear; 
That dreadful white thinof rush- 

ino^ near 
Appeared to his affrighted eyes 
Full seven times Its proper size. 



83 



CURIOSITY. 

All horses very curious are 
And things which they espy afar 
Arouse their curiosity ; 
They wonder what on earth 
they see. 

With ears pricked up and cau- 
tious mien 

They come to see. When they 
have seen, 

They snort and turn and off 
they scurry 

In a contemptuous desperate 
hurry. 



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FRIENDSHIP. 

A beautiful race horse became 
very much attached to a cat. 
So much so that he was never 
happy unless the cat was near 
him, either sleeping curled up on 
his back or somewhere in his 
stall. They became such close 
companions that when the horse 
was taken abroad to run in some 
races for which he had been en- 
tered, he became so dejected at 
being separated from his com- 
panion that it was found nec^ 
essary that the cat should always 
accompany him in his horse-box 
wherever he went. 



91 



OLD AGE. 

This horse's working days are 
o'er 

The shafts and saddle never- 
more 

Shall hold him. Here he waits 
his end 

Cared for by those who love to 
tend 

An old companion. He may 

rest 
In his loose box or take the 

best 
Of grazing which the meadows 



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A pensioner while he shall live. 



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